Elevate performance program

An outreach Performance Program for students living in other cities, and in regional and remote areas of New Zealand and Australia

Masterclass audition with Artistic Director, Damian Smith


Audition Tour cities and dates:

Melbourne 11.30am Saturday 28 August at the National Theatre Ballet School

NZ Christchurch 12.30pm  Friday 1 October, Southern Ballet Studios

NZ Wellington 12.30pm Sunday 3 October, Royal New Zealand Ballet Company Studios

Adelaide 12.30pm Tuesday 5 October, Norwood Ballet Centre Studios

Hobart  12.30pm Thursday 7 October, Industry Performing Arts Studios

Perth 12.30pm Sunday 10 October, Vogue Dance Studios

Digital Auditions Applications close 17th October



Having access to a home stage above the dance studios is a wonderful experience that I will never forget. 
I have made many friends and industry connections through being part of the National Theatre Ballet School Family. 
I can’t wait for the next term of the Elevate Performance Program!” – Elana Harris


The National Theatre Ballet School gives opportunities to dancers from Australia and New Zealand aged 13 to 17 years and living in regional and remote areas, who show excellent ballet facility.

Entry to The Elevate Performance Program is by audition. This two-week experience with the National Theatre Ballet School is offered up to three times a year to develop young artists by focusing on Performance.

Elevate students will expand their dance, performance, choreographic skills, and technique while connecting with other like-minded peers and forming lifelong bonds with others, under the famous National Theatre Ballet School banner. 

The Elevate Performance Program offers pathways as the students mature in their dance practice and drive to prepare for full-time professional training.

Elevate associates experience professional-level coaching opportunities from former highly acclaimed professional dancers and, specialty male coaching from Artistic Director Damian Smith. 

Ballet, Contemporary, and other dance genres are explored via ‘The Choreography Workshop’ creative season. 

All productions and studio performances will be performed within the school’s multiple venues, including our very own 800 seat beaux arts theatre (The National Theatre Melbourne) and intimate black box theatre.



Students must be aged between 13 and 17. Female students must be én pointe, male students at an Intermediate level and above.



End of Year Production: Snow White, Arrive in Melbourne 20th – 21st November performance December 4th, 2021

Mid Year Gala: Arrive in Melbourne June 11th -12th June, performance June 25th, 2022

Creative Season: Arrive in Melbourne September 3rd- 4th, Performance Friday, September 16th, 2022 

For further information please email audtions@nationaltheater.org.au